German Automatic Weapons of World War II Book Review

German Automatic Weapons of World War II

By Robert Bruce

Hardcover in dustjacket, 128 pages

Publisher: Windrow and Greene 1997

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1859150438

ISBN-13: 978-1859150436

Dimensions: 12 x 8.6 x 0.7 inches

This is a rather unique and interesting book.  A number of Second World War German infantry weapons are described in detail with a full development history and period photographs to help tell the story.  Then the weapons are taken out to the field by reenactors in full period kit and test-fired per Wehrmacht tactical doctrine from a variety of positions.  Next the weapons are field stripped.  All this is documented with large color photographs showing each step.

Weapons covered are:

Mauser Schnellfeuer-Pistole

Machinenen Pistole 40/I

Machinenegewehr 34

Machinenegewehr 42

Fallschirmjaegergewehr 42/I

Fallschirmjaegergewehr 42/II

Sturmgewehr 44

Most of us will never have the opportunity to go into the field and test-fire an assortment of automatic weapons, this is the next best thing to being there.  I found this book at a clearance sale and did not hesitate to pay the $2.00 asking price.  Nice book, outstanding bargain!